Hezbollah Commander assassinated in South Lebanon (vid.)

Hezbollah commander Ali Mohammed Younis was assassinated by unknown individuals in southern Lebanon on Saturday, according to Iranian media. Younis was “responsible for pursuing spies and collaborators,” according to unofficial statements, the Iranian Fars news agency reported. The Fars report included an image of a body lying next to an open vehicle.

According to the Lebanese MTV news, Hezbollah sources stated that Younis was found stabbed to death in his vehicle. Sputnik news added that he was found south of Nabatiyeh.
Video of a minaret announcing Younis’s death in southern Lebanon was shared by the Iranian Tasnim news agency on its Twitter account. According to Sputnik, Younis was a “close associate” of former IGRC Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani.

A report by Lebanon’s National News Agency (NNA) reported that a body was found on Saturday at the same location with stab and bullet wounds. The report included an image that appeared the same as the image published in the Iranian reports about Younis’s death. A suspect has been arrested, according to NNA.

Hezbollah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah is expected to speak at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. It is unclear what the subject of the speech will be. Last year, former top Hezbollah official Ali Hatoum was found shot to death in his home near Bourj Al-Barajneh, near south Beirut, according to NNA.